Studio Sixty1 | About

Top off your coffee, you might have to scroll.

Bill Kollas has been photographing things since he was ten, gradually developing a medium telephoto look at the world. His on again/off again relationship with photography was initially sparked by the wonderful pictures in Life and National Geographic magazines, along with a vagabond childhood in an Air Force family. Along with these great opportunities came great distractions. As a result, the photographic passion cooled now and then while he pursued other interests.

Along the way, Bill gleaned a couple nuggets of photographic wisdom . . . from John Shaw on nature and landscape photography: Don't be late for work. And from Robert Glenn Ketchum: Find the order in the chaos. The former is pretty obvious, the latter not so much. That epiphany happened in October of 2006.

Some photographers still waffle about the change from analog to digital, but he didn't. The allure of immediate feedback was like a Siren's song. As the number of places that do quality film processing dwindled away, this turned out to be a wise choice. Having complete control of the image making process from visualization to print eliminates a lot of finger pointing if anything goes wrong, too.

After two decades in the Information Technology sector, Bill did an about face and set upon a new career path. Graduating with an applied science degree from the Oregon Coast Culinary Institute in 2016, he began honing his culinary skills in restaurants and resort hotels in the continental United States.

And now, a bit about the new domain. It’s the same old website, just at a new location. I had a hodgepodge of things going on, so consolidating at one location seemed like the smoother path.

This quote from Diane Arbus rings true: I really believe there are things nobody would see if I didn't photograph them.